About Rogard Ross
The Indian River area of Chesapeake is an older suburb of Norfolk that suffers from aging infrastructure, declining shopping centers and a lack of green space. Ross founded the Friends of Indian River in 2012 to engage the area’s residents, focus attention on the community’s assets, improve access to the parks and raise environmental awareness. In the past six years, the organization has attracted a core of dedicated volunteers and established strong partnerships with the City of Chesapeake, the Elizabeth River Project and local civic leagues.
Ross acts as an environmental leader in the community by serving on the Chesapeake Environmental Improvement Council, and by volunteering regularly for initiatives like the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s “Clean the Bay Day.” He also organizes regular cleanups for Adopt-A-Highway and Adopt-A-Park and leads nature hikes and invasive species removal at Indian River Park.